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Sandy Roberts quits Channel 7 to sign on with Fox Footy

Post by Paul on Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:27 pm

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EXCLUSIVE: SANDY Roberts has walked out on Channel 7 after 34 years as a broadcaster to sign on with Fox Footy.

In the latest development in TV's news wars, the Herald Sun understands the Seven stalwart has been poached to call games and host programs on the football-only station.

Roberts, the weekday sports news reader for Seven, will inform the station today he is leaving, the latest dramatic change to Seven's news after the departure of veteran meteorologist David Brown.

Seven and Nine continue to fight a pitched battle over nightly news ratings, and Nine's commanding lead has forced Seven into recent changes.

Seven insiders said they believed Brown, 52, was unhappy about the decision to push him aside for Rooney, 30.

Roberts has not called games in recent seasons, but it is believed that after broadcasting to regional areas with radio callers Crocmedia he became confident he still had the fire in his belly.

He said in 2007 it was his decision not to call games for Seven given his weekday commitments with the network.

But the 62-year-old was constantly stopped in the street by fans asking about his absence, so his return clearly would be well received.

Fox Footy is known to believe the signing is a major coup given his reputation as a fan favourite in AFL circles. His son works at the network as a producer and Roberts will work across several shows.

The network will use him not only as a caller but also as host of some of the network's regular one-off specials.

Fox Footy has the rights to the All-Australian awards and AFL MVP award.

Roberts showcased his hosting skills at the 2009 Brownlow Medal when called in with only hours' notice after Bruce McAvaney was forced to withdraw.

Seven recently tried former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy as a stand-in sports presenter when Roberts and weekend news reader Tim Watson were on leave.
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Re: Sandy Roberts quits Channel 7 to sign on with Fox Footy

Post by Lee on Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:28 pm

It seems as if Sandy has been at 7 forever.

Started in Adelaide, didn't he?

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Post by PhilH on Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:30 pm

The BIG Replay
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Post by howthewestwaswon on Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:17 pm

redandblack wrote:It seems as if Sandy has been at 7 forever.

Started in Adelaide, didn't he?

I think he did. I see him on numerous SANFL videos in the late 70s, early 80s.
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Post by FOOTYfollower on Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:46 pm

I recall also seeing him commentate at Memorial Drive for SA Open tennis in late 70's/early 80's.


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Re: Sandy Roberts quits Channel 7 to sign on with Fox Footy

Post by bayman on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:58 pm

Yep, Sandy started in Adelaide, i reckon he came up from the South East & that's why he hosted the Mt Gambier cup on 7....... but who remembers the Mt Gambier Cup slip up he called Miss Australia Leanne Dick as Leanne Cock ?

i reckon ''Its Academic'' was one of his first tv shows, he took over from Alec Macaskill iirc
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:06 pm

Yes I thought he heralded from Lucindale.
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Re: Sandy Roberts quits Channel 7 to sign on with Fox Footy

Post by testy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:24 pm



I always liked his calling of the different sports that he presented, unfortunately we haven't got Fox so we won't hear him anymore.
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Re: Sandy Roberts quits Channel 7 to sign on with Fox Footy

Post by Paul on Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:54 pm

Most Adelaide and Port Adelaide games are covered by Fox so he'll be heard on 7.
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Post by bayman on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:01 pm

sapaul wrote:Most Adelaide and Port Adelaide games are covered by Fox so he'll be heard on 7.

love the irony of that Laughing Laughing
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Post by Brucetiki on Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:10 pm

Noticed Sandy Roberts commentating for the 'AFL Radio' feed on the AFL app this afternoon.

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Re: Sandy Roberts quits Channel 7 to sign on with Fox Footy

Post by Paul on Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:14 pm

Love this

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Post by Lee on Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:50 pm

That is really worth a watch, great ad.

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